Alec Regula Headed To Rockford

During his postgame comments after Wednesday night’s win against the Vegas Golden Knights, Blackhawks head coach Derek King said defenseman Alec Regula is headed to Rockford to join the IceHogs.

Regula, who will turn 22 on Aug. 6, was acquired from Detroit in the deal that sent Brendan Perlini in 2019 and made his NHL debut last season for three games. He appeared in 15 games with the NHL club this season with one goal scored. Regula skated more than 20 minutes in three of his final four games with the Blackhawks this season and showed solid offensive instincts.

He has already appeared in 40 games with the IceHogs this season, scoring four goals with 21 assists.

Rockford plays Milwaukee on Friday night with a chance to earn a first-round bye in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The IceHogs have already clinched a playoff berth.

King said the only other players on the NHL roster who might be considered for a trip to Rockford to help a playoff push are defenseman Alex Vlasic and forward Reese Johnson, but those decisions haven’t been made yet.

18 thoughts on “Alec Regula Headed To Rockford

  • April 28, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Looked good should be on Nhl roster most of next season if not all season. Hooe they put together a good playoff run in Rfd.

  • April 28, 2022 at 6:54 am

    Agree Ian – he looks like a keeper

    He’s got good physical tools but I’m impressed with his decision making unlike some of other Hawk D men – that’s what’s going to keep him in the NHL

  • April 28, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Hopefully Regula,Vlasic,and Mitchell are all given a legitimate shot at making the big club at the start of next season by the new coaching staff.

  • April 28, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Sure, why not. Send our 2nd best defensemen to Rockford. I get it, it’s the playoffs, but we’re talking about AHL playoffs playoffs playoffs! In the words of Peter Griffin…Oh my God, who the hell cares!


  • April 28, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Good move to send him now .The kid is playing very good lately and can help the Hogs big time .what he learn about the game with the Hawks lately is really helpful and it will show in Rockford. The playoff in Rockford is very important for the development off the kids .let’s hope Vlasic and Johnson can participate after the NHL season .
    Iff Regula continue to grow both ways he should be in NHL for another shot next year ,for now let him PLAY ..and have Fun with other kids in Rockford ( Regula is a third round pick by Detroit ( 67 overall in 18) trade for Perlini in 19 . ( A Good Trade so far but can become a very good trade iff the kid become a good number 4 or 3 Dman

    Vlasic is one year younger and was pick 43 rd Overall in 19 and should be playing in Rockford to start the season next year Hopefully. Off course iff is ready to play in NHL it’s ok but don’t need to burn the kid, Like they did with young players in the pass .NHL is a very difficult league to play for kids because the older players like to intimidate the kids and it works very often .I remember last year Hagel getting intimidated by Laine who got knock .but it’s not all young players who has the same attitude as Hagel .
    Mitchell will probably start the next season with the Hawks and the full year in Rockford really transformed him .
    Another player that I like is a right hand forward who is getting a very good 2 way player, Josiah Slavin who is a Lw with 18 goals 32 pts and + 18 and 4 GWG .I would not be surprise to see him on the second half of the year ( 23) with the Hawks.
    Love my Hawks

  • April 28, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Kid looked good as the time went along. Hopefully he has a good offseason and shines in camp next year. Going to be a interesting offseason for the hawks dman wise.

  • April 28, 2022 at 10:59 am

    @Tommy Ivan

    Hawks have one game left this season

  • April 28, 2022 at 11:57 am

    @Mrfenn92 – it’s not the game – it’s the potential for injury for the AHL playoffs. Why send your two best prospects in the Industrial League to face the Chief, Ogelthorpe, and the Hansons? Start the off-season strength, skate, and development program with Vlasic and Regula!

  • April 28, 2022 at 2:29 pm


    agree with you and along that line of thinking why is reichel playing? he has shown he can compete quite well in the ahl and thankfully he wasn’t injured this year. if the thinking is to protect vlasic and regula from injury or cheap shots then reichel should be in that same discussion.

  • April 28, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    @Hawks29 – Amen brother!

    That kid needs to be shut down asap, so that he can come back stronger next year!

  • April 28, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Interesting to see how some of you feel about the farm team and player development, if you think players should be protected from injury, then why have them play at all in the AHL…’s called development, playoff atmosphere and wanting to win a championship. Or would you rather have a bottom feeding AHL team that never makes the playoffs ?? And sucks at development ??

  • April 28, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Maybe we should just say to AHL that’s it’s to dangerous to play hockey against a strong team so Hogs decide to play a game off Badminton instead..less risk to get hurt .
    WTFudge is going on here ..they kids wants to play any team and they will do their best to go to the limit every game .they know they can compete and give the maximum to go to the next round .
    It’s call learning and growing ,learning to become more competitive and to have fun playing a game they love .nobody is afraid to play ,Tao me guy’s here are siting confortable in their sofa with a beer and chips complaining that they want to trade this guy and this guy not knowing what the 19-20 yO kids can bring in the future .
    Some guys will be happy iff they loose in 4 …me I will be happy iff they can win 1 or more games against a stronger team . They will be on a mission and they want to challenge a better team .Good luck Hogs
    Go Hogs Go .

  • April 28, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    beer league

    wherever the ice hogs have finished in the standings they have absolutely sucked at player development. as far as playoff experience for the ice hogs ….. since they have been around there have been a dozen ahl playoffs. six of those years they finished out of the playoffs, three first round exits, two second round exits, and one year a third round exit. so if you want to support an ahl team for player development and playoff hockey experience you would be best served looking a the ahl franchise for another nhl team.

    reichel has already played 65 games this year. a much more demanding schedule than he played with the berlin polar bears the last two years where he only played in 80 total games. while he fared well for the experience at rockford he certainly could not compete at the nhl level in the few games he appeared. a few games of ahl playoff hockey is not going to further develop him nor prepare him for nhl playoff hockey. the sooner he leaves to vacation with his family the sooner he is back in chicago and under the tutelage of their trainer and skills development guy.

  • April 28, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Golden Knight first year without MAF ….HEHEHEH. No playoff for first time in history.
    And it’s not Lenher who will help them reach the playoff next year .
    Now let see how far Tampa will go in playoff.Cup Final , semifinal ? Or ?

  • April 28, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    The AHL is not a beer league and playing playoff hockey is not going to hurt him it can only help. The best way to develop your skills is to play. It sure the hell didn’t hurt Duncan Keith did it? He played two years in the AHL. There are a few more players from the cup teams that played in the AHL. For one, Patrick Sharp he didn’t turn out too bad either. The reason behind the AHL is to help them develop their skills and prepare them for NHL hockey weather its regular season or playoffs. He will spend enough time in the weight room and watching video. He needs to play!!!

  • April 29, 2022 at 7:44 am

    If Calvin deCONE replaces Regula….then it’s the last Hawks game I’ll watch this year. ;)

  • April 29, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    This is not a big deal. The kid will go down to Rockford and get more playing time. I think Vlasic, Regula, and Mitchell will be with the Blackhawks in the 22-23 season. I’ll be curious to see who else makes the jump. The Icehogs announced that Reichel broke a points record for the team. It is my hope that Reichel, Slavin, and Hardman are with the Blackhawks next year.

    The Blackhawks will be a different team, next year. We know this. Who will be here? I wish I knew. Who will be the HC? Let’s start there. The HC will determine the personality of the team. A Gallant type would be preferable. Players? I don’t know that either. Davidson can trade a bunch of guys not named Kane and Toews. But, that all depends on them. If Strome stays with Kane and DeBrincat, who will be the 2C? Toews is the 3C. Where does Dach slot in? Will this off season see him dedicate himself to being in top shape and working on his FO%? His little brother, Colton, had a great season and is going to the playoffs. He’s also a center. I wouldn’t mind a Dach-Dach line.

    I want to talk about all this, but it’s just too early. Here’s hoping that Davidson is the real deal. Here’s hoping that the kids in the minors and in college really pan out. Maybe there’s an Ed Belfour type goalie in there. Maybe a Joe Pavelski type or a Jamie Benn. I could only hope for a Pavel Datysuk. The season is done for the Blackhawks and I can’t wait for the preseason!!!
    Be well, peeps. Tab, please keep us informed. I look forward to getting notifications. Thanks again.

  • April 30, 2022 at 4:23 am

    Hawks29 and Tim+w
    Strong insight on these prospective (Nhl ready? ) Hawks in the system. Tim…if we don’t get a complete overhaul of Coach to scout, I’m selling my season seats. We need fresh meat, hungry players and provide an environment for them to feed. King is a yes man, not a coach. Selling off players can be a good thing w the right strategists to identify our needs. Look around that roster…’I see dead weight’ being carried by a few…and what gets me…Is how a player can accept that …Raddysh does not, Hagel came after the puck like it owed him money, Lafferty, Hinistrosa, and Andrew Shaw…No business in the NHL…Yet strength is their hunger and from that is our kind of a hockey player…That’s what this team needs.

    (I posted previous…if it were me:)
    If we could and for this summer only…
    Keep Toews /Kane / Then deadline or not? Either Re-sign for 5.2-6mil or trade out
    Sign Vinnie for 4th line 1/yr
    Sign Lafferty/ Dach/ Strome ‘Show Me’ deals.
    Sign FA 2-RW
    Shop for FA 1-RD Klingberg-type
    Shop for FA 1-LD Byram- young strong puck type
    1 year FA 1-G Fleury? Or, as our goal coach?
    1 year FA 1-G- #2

    Decat Strome Kane
    Raddysh Toews Konecny type? (Reichel)
    Dach Laffy Nishuskin type?
    Vinnie R. Johnson Hardman
    Slavin/Teply/Barrett/Reichel/Entwistle -Rotate

    Mitchel Jones
    McCabe? Klingberg?
    Stillman Vlasic / Regula

    Hardman/Entwisle,/Slavin,/Teply/Barrett/C. Dach (he doesn’t seem to share that vacant dim look his brother kinda has)

    King? Just when I thought he might be an ok ‘for now’ kinda coach, he puts Gus back out there. Then I’m reminded of times. Carpy at #1 L/C/RW, Strome at #4C / then that time he blindcsided Fla w a secret line of:
    T.Johnson #1C w DeCat, Kaner…
    (total body weight/height avg = 172/5’10) Against Barkov and his crew. Then King’s genius rendition of ‘psych the goalie’ w McCabe in a shootout. Another masterpiece in memory. Blender boy = bewildered…King – Out!
    Jimmy Waite? Goalie coach? (introduced in a bar once by the great E.J Maguire, when E.J. asked my thoughs, “Not a person I would take instructions from to the men’s room. He can’t coach his way out of a paper bag” Unimpressed.
    All current Assistants…Out
    Callie Chelios = In (Concise and intelligent)
    Colby = Dufus hipster, gym shoes/skinny jeans in a sport coat.(Peter Brady reads a script)
    She should get some games to color. Not Colby

    Ideas for potential picks (to cap and build, we need picks not 6mil+ for 30y/o players)
    3rd-Kubalik +4mil
    4th-Kurashev +2mil
    5th-Katchouk +1mil
    3rd-Murphy +3mil
    4th-Galvas .8
    6th-Beaudin .8
    6th-Kalynuk .8
    5th-McCabe. +4mil
    X- DeHaan-(DeHaan/McCabe? @ 4mil = McCabe)
    X- Gabriel. .8
    X- T.Johnson+4mil
    X- Connely +4mil
    X- Khaira. +1.5
    X- Delia. +1
    X- Lankenin +1

    Potential picks from ‘Dead Weight dump’
    2-#3 1Forward/1D
    2-#4 1Forward/1D
    Or Kurashev + = (F Strong Prospect)
    Or Kubalik + = (F Strong Prospect)
    2-#5 1/F/1D
    3-#6 1Forward/1D/1G
    1-#7 Best left on the board
    X = Waive or bury / no loss / no gain
    Potential Consolidated:
    4F/ 4D/ 1G / 1F Prospect

    If we could find and then beg a buyer to bite.
    Take a high 1st +2nd or 3rd for S.Jones/Eat the loss. Recoup on cap space and cleanse ourselves of bad news Bowman, washed hands in the long run. The guy is good, but not #1 money. And he doesn’t hit. When I think of a #1 D (Scott Stevens, Chris Pronger, Letang, Doughty, Makar, he wouldn’t even make a 1B to Seabrook or Doug Wilson, and Dave Manson would beat him senseless. And NO as in (0.00) 8 year NMC/NTC contracts for anyone, not named Jesus or the second coming of Marian Hossa!

    That leaves potential roster contracts…
    (please add corrections, I’m not good at math)
    Slavin/Jones/Stillman /C.Jones/Mitchel
    + add Vinnie + 2 RW, 2D, 2G
    (This Summer only. Evaluate and revisit throughout next season and at TDL.)
    We can only have 23. So we gotta rotate as injuries dictate.
    Interested in the group’s thoughts…

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